Current Distractions for this Artist:
These necessary tasks are distractions from the real work of making art. They use different sides of the brain, and can become difficult to manage.
- Getting work ready for upcoming shows and promoting them: Local 14, September 28 – October 1, 2017 and Portland Open Studios, October 14-15 and October 21-22, 2017 from 10-5.
- Shipping work off to California Watercolor Association Show
- Houseguests and Dinner Guests Arriving
- Upcoming classes
- Keeping online presence updated on all platforms: Facebook, newsletter, Instagram, YouTube, this blog, Saatchi, Twitter, etc.
What I need to Remember:
“Creative work needs solitude.” – Mary Oliver
I love this essay by one of the greatest poets of our time: Mary Oliver. It reminds me that I MUST ignore the trivial, everyday, monotonous tasks sometimes in order to accomplish what makes me an artist.
As Mary says: “My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. If I have a meeting with you at three o’clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not arrive at all.”
I must paint. Recently I’ve started heading to the studio first thing in the morning. The other tasks eventually get finished in odd moments. My first priority must be to paint, or else what is it all for?
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